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The Skill of Worry Postponement

What is worry postponement?

Often, worrying can be disruptive because thoughts of worry can feel intrusive and distract us from what is happening in the present moment. Learning to control our worry time can be a helpful way of minimizing the disruption worry causes in our lives.

How can I practice worry postponement on my own?

We’ve already talked about how worry can feel unmanageable. Worry can also become time consuming and even seem beneficial to engage with in the moment that worry happens.

  • You can find out more about your own relationship with worry by postponing when you worry in the day. For instance, scheduling some “worry time” each day for you to do nothing except allow yourself to worry.
  • Another way to manage worry is to limit the amount of time that you spend worrying.

To learn how to practice worry postponement, consider following the three steps listed below:

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